“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” (John 21:17)
Have you ever written off a car? Maybe you hoped it could be repaired, but the damage was just too great and your car was good for nothing but scrap.
Peter was one of Jesus’ closest followers, and the unofficial leader of the
But when Jesus was arrested and tried, Peter not only failed to stand with him but denied three times that he even knew him. If ever a follower of Jesus was a complete write-off, it was Peter.
And yet, a short time later, by the shores of Galilee, the risen Jesus asked Peter to affirm his love for him – not once, but three times, as if to obliterate each of his denials. To face his failures was painful for Peter but in God’s grace he was restored, and few people have been used more powerfully by
God than Peter was in the early church.
Many of us know that we have failed Jesus – some by following him inconsistently, others by not following him at all.
The wonderful message of the Bible is that God has no write-offs.
Jesus died for sinners, and God will gladly receive all who come to him in repentance and faith, restoring us to usefulness in his service.
Rev. Andrew Randall
Grace Church, Larbert